Dr. Kim’s Blog

Dr. Kim Okamura Welcome to my blog! This blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE. Happy reading!
Taking better care of your body by fueling it with healthy foods is a great step in becoming the best version of yourself. But if you’re embarking on a new diet, you probably have your waistline on your mind, not your teeth. Many popular weight-loss diets can have a major impact on your oral health and trends like detox teas, and the ever-so-popular juicing cleanse can really do more harm than good in the long run. How does your diet plan affect your mouth? Diet Fads Worth Skipping Juice Cleansing These “healthy” juices are chock full of sugar that has a negative effect on your oral health. Even with good home care and regular dental cleanings and exams, the sugar from these juices is consumed by the harmful bacteria in your mouth, and it’s immediately converted to acid which wears away your tooth enamel. The bacteria can also irritate the gums and lead to ...
Both Invisalign and braces can help you achieve the dream smile you’ve always wished you had. But which option is the right one for you? This is a very common question that patients often ask when they come in for their first consultation appointment. Knowing the differences between the two and what your treatment plans for each would look like will help you make the best decision for how to straighten your smile. First Step: Talk to an Invisalign Provider Most providers offer free consultations, which serve as a great opportunity to learn more about your treatment options without the need to make any commitment.  A dental professional will be able to tell you more about whether Invisalign might be the right fit for you and your lifestyle, or whether traditional braces is the better option. Dr. Okamura will make sure that you leave your consultation appointment knowing exactly which treatment option ...
Every adult remembers the thrill and excitement of wiggling a loose tooth with your tongue or finger as a small child. But excitement is the last thing you will feel as an adult if you notice that one (or several) of your permanent teeth are loose. Some causes of loose teeth in adults are harmless, while others require the care of a dental professional to save the tooth before it’s too late. Causes of Loose Permanent Teeth Noticing a loose tooth as an adult can be a terrifying experience. When the problem is detected early, more often than not, the tooth can be saved with the help of your dentist. Knowing the causes of loose permanent teeth, and the signs and symptoms of the top contributors can help you in keeping your teeth intact and avoiding expensive tooth replacement options. Gum Disease Also known as periodontitis, gum disease involves inflammation and infection of the gums. ...
We expect for children’s teeth to be constantly shifting as a result of losing baby teeth and adult teeth taking their place. But children aren’t the only ones susceptible to moving teeth and shifts in your smile can happen at any age - even as an adult. If you’re noticing changes in your smile as an adult, this can leave you feeling uncomfortable, and unsure of what this shift in your smile means. Keep reading to learn the most common reasons your teeth might be moving as an adult and what you can do to minimize the damage. Why Your Teeth Are Shifting There are a variety of reasons why your teeth might begin shifting and changing positions as an adult. If you can identify early on what the cause of your shifting teeth is, you may be able to prevent the shifting from continuing. The top causes of shifting teeth are: AGE When our ...
If you’ve been considering the idea of getting dental veneers, one of the top questions you probably keep circling back around to is “Are veneers going to damage my natural teeth?”. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments for today’s patients, and it’s easy to see why. Regaining self confidence from the appearance of your smile is a life changing opportunity, and our patients have never felt more confident than they do after a smile makeover. Take a look for yourself and see why so many patients are choosing to improve their smile with veneers. How Veneers Impact Your Teeth Veneers will not damage your natural teeth if your dental treatment plan is carried out by an experienced cosmetic dentist with relevant experience, and advanced training in the placement of veneers specifically. The most important thing to know about the safety of veneers is to always receive veneers from an ...
If you’ve always been self conscious of your smile, not because your teeth are crooked, but perhaps because your teeth are small, differently shaped, or even stained, this might be bringing one big question to your mind - could I fix the look of my smile with porcelain veneers? Take our smile makeover quiz below to help you get an idea of whether veneers would be a good fit for you in correcting your smile, or whether you should be looking at other avenues to fix your smile setbacks. What Is Your Biggest Dental Concern? I’m missing teeth caused by tooth decay or periodontal disease. I have chips or cracks visible in my smile. My teeth have gaps (large or small) or crowding. How Important Is Preserving Your Natural Tooth Enamel? Mandatory with no exceptions. Very important - I want to keep my natural teeth as natural as possible. I don’t mind losing ...
Your teeth aren’t the only thing in your house that can benefit from the cleaning powers of toothpaste. Toothpaste has a host of uses all around, and here are 16 handy applications that have nothing to do with your pearly whites. Clever Cleaning Hacks For Around The House Take your cleaning game to the next level by using toothpaste to: Remove scuffs from shoes - A little toothpaste does an amazing job of removing scuffs from your leather shoes making them look like new again. Take a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, dab it on the scuffed area, and rub it in with a soft cloth, wiping clean with a damp cloth afterwards. Piano keys - The whitening powers of toothpaste will clean your dingy piano keys right up. Apply a little toothpaste and a toothbrush, and wipe clean with a damp cloth afterwards for bright, white keys. Dirty sneakers - Is the ...
The thought of losing a tooth probably isn’t one you consider often - that is, unless your dentist has uttered the words ‘"gum disease" to you during a dental exam. But gum disease isn’t the only risk factor you need to protect your teeth from, and being proactive with preventative dentistry can aid in preventing tooth loss for life! Dental Dilemmas That Can Cause Tooth Loss The top cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease. Making sure you’re preventing gum disease gives your mouth a much more likely chance of keeping your teeth and preventing other problems that can accompany periodontitis. The top offenders that lead to tooth loss are: Periodontal Disease Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is not only the cause of tooth loss, but it’s the primary reason people over the age of 35 lose their teeth. Cavities If left untreated, small cavities can grow into a major problem in a small amount of ...
What is your beverage of choice to keep you going throughout your workday? Does your day begin with a thermos full of coffee on your morning commute, and transition into an afternoon diet soda after lunch? If this sounds like your typical Tuesday, we have some news that might make you pause and think about what passes through your teeth as you sip through the day. You Are What You Eat, But… Are you also what you drink? If you’re sipping an iced tea as you read this, you may want to think about how you drink too. Not only does what you eat and drink directly affect your tooth enamel, but the way you eat and drink has an effect as well. Tooth erosion, also known as dental erosion or acid erosion, occurs when acids wear away tooth enamel, which is the substance that coats the outer layer of each tooth. Over ...
If you’ve ever woken up to a toothache, you’ve probably also found yourself on the internet searching for a miracle home remedy to ease your discomfort until your dentist can see you, or even better, hoping that the pain magically subsides all on its own. While a close friend or family member may swear by a home remedy, the truth is, if you’re experiencing tooth pain, it’s more than likely your body’s way of telling you that something is internally going on that requires more attention than bourbon on a cotton ball or some clove oil. But do any of these home remedies really work? Why Use Home Remedies For Tooth Pain? No home remedy for tooth pain is scientifically proven to ease your tooth pain with long term results. The only way to successfully treat a toothache is to see your dentist so the tooth can be diagnosed properly and fixed. Even so, many ...